If you have a WordPress blog or website, you should always be looking for ways to create a better user experience for your visitors. No matter what your site is about, you want your visitors to have the best experience possible so that they keep coming back (and maybe even share your site with others).
One of the most fundamental ways to do that is simply to create quality content. If you give visitors the content that they’re interested in, you’ve already set up the foundation for a good user experience.
However, there are also some other strategies that you can use to create an even more user-friendly site. And in this post, I’ll share nine WordPress plugins to improve user experience in different ways.
Below, I will divide the plugins by the features that they add. In some situations, I will actually mention multiple plugins because some plugins are paid, but I still want to give you free alternatives where possible. So technically there are more than nine plugins – it’s just nine different types of plugins ?
9 Best WordPress Plugins to Improve User Experience
1. Add a Reading Progress Bar With WP Reading Progress
On the Internet, people have a lot going on. So when they land on a post, they want to know how long a piece of content is so that they know how much time they need to invest in it.
A progress bar lets people easily see where they are in a post and how much is left. If you look up, you can see that we actually use a progress bar here at ShoutMeLoud (it’s the red line at the top of the screen).
To create our progress bar, we use the free WP Reading Progress plugin. It’s super easy to use and you’ll also be able to customize your bar by:
- Choosing a different color
- Moving it to the bottom of the screen instead
- Only adding your progress bar to certain types of content
- Applying your progress bar to the entire page or just the content in the WordPress editor
2. Add Estimated Reading Time With Reading Time WP
Another way to help people understand how much time they need to invest in a post is to add an estimated reading time number. For example, you could tell people that a post will take around 10 minutes to read, which might prompt them to save it for later if they’re only on a five-minute coffee break.
The simplest way to add estimated reading time is with the free Reading Time WP plugin. It will automatically add the estimated reading time at the top of your posts. If you want more control, you can also manually insert the reading time using a shortcode.
You can also use the free Read Meter plugin, which adds both an estimated reading time and a reading progress bar. It comes from the same developer as the Astra theme, which is the theme we use here at ShoutMeLoud.
3. Improve WordPress Performance With WP Rocket
This article was written by Harsh Agrawal and originally published on ShoutMeLoud.